Weather officials put the islands of Hawaii and Maui County (including Maui, Molokai and Kahoolawe) on hurricane watch on Friday.
CBS News meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardelli said Douglas will likely pass just north of the Big Island of Hawaii on Saturday and may arrive as a hurricane or tropical storm on Sunday in Maui. Watch for heavy rain, flash flooding, and gusty winds over 75 mph. If it lands with hurricane force, it would only be the third time in record-breaking history that Hawaii has seen a hurricane make landfall.
Hawaii Governor David Ige announced on Friday evening a “pre-landing emergency proclamation.”
“Our top priority is always the safety, health and well-being of our residents and visitors,” he said in a statement. “Please take immediate action to protect your families, loved ones, employees and property. We ask everyone to carefully follow emergency instructions as we prepare for Hurricane Douglas. ”
The storm approaches as Hawaii grapples with more and moreNumbers. The state reported 55 new confirmed cases on Thursday, its biggest increase in a day since the start of the pandemic.
Unlike other hurricane-prone states like Florida, where residents crowd into cars to evacuate as storms approach, leaving Hawaii to escape a storm is inconvenient. Shelter space is also limited.
So, as usual, local authorities are urging most people to take shelter in their homes if they can. Those who live in houses built to the code after 1995 should be “pretty good to go,” said John Cummings, the Honolulu Emergency Management information office,
He recommended staying with friends and family if the house is unsafe. Seek refuge in an interior room, he said. Going to a city-run shelter should be a last resort, he added.
Hanna threatens the Texas coast
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Hanna is expected to turn into a hurricane as it moves toward the Texas coast near Corpus Christi. The storm threatens to bring heavy rain, rough waters and high winds to the area on Saturday afternoon or early evening.
“The big threat here is rain and flash floods,” CBS News weather producer David Parkinson said. “Texas needs storms like this to prevent recurring droughts, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be isolated pockets of severe flooding. ”
In a Friday afternoon advisory, the National Hurricane Center said Hanna is expected to produce 5 to 10 inches of rain, with isolated maximum totals of 15 inches through Sunday night in southern Texas and parts of the Mexico.
A hurricane warning has been issued from Baffin Bay north to Mesquite Bay, Texas. A tropical storm warning extended from the mouth of the Rio Grande to Baffin Bay, Texas; and from Mesquite Bay to San Luis Pass, Texas. The advisory also warned of “a danger of a potentially fatal storm surge along the Texas coast from Baffin Bay to Sargent.” The storm is expected to weaken once it moves inland.
Hanna and Gonzalo set records as season picks up
Hanna broke the record for the eighth oldest named storm in the Atlantic, in what is shaping up to be a. Harvey’s previous record was on August 3, 2005, noted Phil Klotzbach, a hurricane researcher at Colorado State University.
, which moves to the southern Caribbean, was also the first Atlantic storm named for its place in the alphabet. It formed on Wednesday July 22, breaking the previous record held by Tropical Storm Gert, which formed on July 24, 2005. So far this year Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard and Fay have also set records. to be the first Atlantic storm named for their alphabetical order. order.
“The second phase of the Atlantic hurricane season is now in full swing, about 2-3 weeks earlier than normal, in part because of near-record tropical warm water temperatures,” Berardelli explained. “We are over a week ahead of the record pace of named storms and all signs point to one of the most active seasons on record in the Atlantic Basin. ”
“More worrying than any of the current storms, another wave is emerging off the coast of Africa which models suggest could be a bigger player in the next two weeks,” he said. .
Gonzalo is expected to bring rain and wind to the southern Windward Islands late Friday and Saturday. As strengthening is expected, there is still a chance that Gonzalo will become a hurricane, but the storm is expected to weaken as it moves through the Caribbean Sea.
A hurricane watch has been issued for Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. A tropical storm warning is in effect in several locations, including Saint Lucia, Tobago and Grenada. Forecasters said Gonzalo could bring 2 to 5 inches of rain.